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As the only country in the world that (arguably) qualifies as a continent, the wide expanses and low population of Australia make it a nature lovers dream. The lush forests of Tasmania, imposing cliffs of Ayers rock and grape-growing district of Barossa all offer inland splendor, but the most attractive treats are to be found nestled around Australia’s lengthily, ever-popular and fun-loving coastline.
The Great Barrier Reef is an obvious favorite, every bit as sensational as its animated portrayal in 'Finding Nemo' with an enviable underwater bio-diversity that takes in clown fish, turtles, sharks, whales and even snappy salt-water crocodiles. Scuba diving and snorkeling over the massive drop offs, or ogling the coral of the world’s largest reef from your live-aboard boat is perhaps the ultimate Aussie experience. If that’s not enough water for you, The Great Ocean Road, near Melbourne, follows sheer cliffs for 250kms, past empty beaches and rock formations including the proud forms of the famous Twelve Apostles. Explore outback to a place called wolf creek crater is a huge meteorite impact in Western part.
Australia might be a nature lover’s paradise, but lovers of architecture are in for a treat too. The angular shapes of Sydney Opera House are only a stone's throw away from the equally epic panoramic views from the sides of the Sydney Harbor Bridge (have a go at the breathtaking bridge walk), where New Years Eve fireworks make the sunny summer vibe even more special. Melbourne, meanwhile, is known for its designer boutiques, high-class restaurants and buzzing summer film festival. Australian culture is notoriously laid-back and leisurely: Christmas on the beach, non-stop energetic nightlife, and cricket by the BBQ keep the jovial natives entertained. Australian ‘must tries’ include VB – the beer Australia tries no to export – and the bitter yeast-paste flavors of Vegemite, served up on a slice of white bread. Other icons of Oz are to be found in the outback include Kangaroos, Emus, Koalas and Dingoes that hop around the rock-carved symbols of the native Aborigines, and occasionally – in the case of Kangaroos and Emus, anyway – end up on the BBQ too.
Take your own intrepid walkabout through the wilds of the Australian bush, swim its teaming waters or relax and sight-see in vibrant Sydney: many backpackers stay months – or even years - down under, and wax lyrical relentlessly when they return. Go and find out why!

Sydney #1 most popular location
It might not be Australia’s capital, but Sydney is certainly Australia’s capital of glamour. From the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge to the open-air cinemas and essential bea…
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Melbourne #2 most popular location
The Australian capital from 1901 until the purpose built Canberra was ready, Melbourne today is still the Australian capital of fashion and sport. Whether you’re feeling like a kid wonde…
4,584travelers 273reviews 387blogs
Gold Coast #3 most popular location
As Australia’s sixth most populated city, Gold Coast – a very apt name for the picturesque strip of sand wedged in front of the towering sky scrapers of Queensland’s acclaimed surfing M…
630travelers 94reviews 48blogs
Cairns #4 most popular location
As the gateway to the astonishing Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforst (the only place in the world where two World Heritage Areas meet), Cairns is something of an international playgrou…
425travelers 138reviews 90blogs
Perth #5 most popular location
As Western Australia’s only major city, Perth has a culture all of its own. Once thought of as a slightly dull alternative to Australia’s more lively eastern seaboard, Perth’s recently …
2,369travelers 152reviews 90blogs
Brisbane #6 most popular location
Ask other Australians what they think of Brisbane and you'll be inundated with words like 'dull', 'backwards' and 'village-like'. Stereotypes in this case, though, are wrong: the detractors o…
1,711travelers 96reviews 113blogs
Adelaide #7 most popular location
A cosmopolitan city with a distinctly European feel to it, wind-swept Adelaide is part enchanting, green-thinking modern city and part hedonistic, art-lovers playground. In fact, despite it…
890travelers 48reviews 68blogs
Byron Bay #8 most popular location
One of the most popular surfing, scuba diving, and whale watching destinations on the planet, Byron Bay stands out as one of the most laid-back destinations in Australia, featuring a large nu…
133travelers 28reviews 51blogs
Noosa #9 most popular location
A couple of hour's drive north of Brisbane, Noosa is part of the Sunshine Coast area of Queensland. The region consists of several suburbs, including Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Sunshine Beach, …
38travelers 13reviews 12blogs
Darwin #10 most popular location
Darwin has a wonderful vibe, with a young and multicultural population. The average year round temperature is 32 degrees Celsius; the best time of the year to visit is during the ‘dry’…
272travelers 34reviews 50blogs
Hobart #11 most popular location
A laidback, pint-sized southern capital that dates back to early colonial times (Hobart was only the second city to be built in Australia), Hobart rests in the shadow of Mount Wellington and …
154travelers 27reviews 37blogs
Port Douglas #12 most popular location
Port Douglas is a beautiful place, one of the nicest towns in Australia. There are lovely beaches close at hand with good swimming. Many interesting cafes and bars are on the main street wher…
24travelers 21reviews 16blogs
Canberra #13 most popular location
The capital of Australia, located in the Australian Capital Territory just southwest of Sydney, Canberra first got its start as a capital city built specifically with one thing in mind: to br…
353travelers 37reviews 26blogs
Airlie Beach #14 most popular location
Queensland's Airlie Beach is regarded as the gateway to the Whitsundays, a group of 74 islands fringed by the Great Barrier Reef. The hinterland and surrounds consist of mainly sugarcane plan…
26travelers 29reviews 31blogs
Alice Springs #15 most popular location
Home to the Arrernte Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, and a place that could be defined as the ultimate final frontier left on Earth, Alice Springs is a small Outback town locate…
90travelers 34reviews 49blogs
Coffs Harbour #16 most popular location
Coastal location offering holiday-makers a good choice in walks, beaches and golf. A popular place to stay in between Sydney and Brisbane and also well known as banana growing territory.
45travelers 5reviews 17blogs
Hervey Bay #17 most popular location
Hervey Bay is a beach-side city located in south east Queensland. It has become something of a hippy hangout in recent years. The town, whose population is approximately 50,000 inhabitants…
19travelers 4reviews 8blogs
Caloundra #18 most popular location
Caloundra is the most southern city and gateway to the Sunshine Coast. Once considered a quiet town which attracted mostly retirees and families, Caloundra has undergone a complete transform…
24travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Launceston #19 most popular location
Launceston is located in the Tamar Valley alongside the Tamar River. It is approximately 1 hour drive from Devonport and 2.5 hours drive from Hobart. It hosts an airport that has flight…
40travelers 7reviews 10blogs
Townsville #20 most popular location
The city has a large and diverse range of restaurants representing many different cuisines of the world. The Palmer Street restaurant strip in South Townsville is home to many of these, and i…
109travelers 17reviews 14blogs
Margaret River #21 most popular location
Margaret River is known on the international scene for two reasons. The first is most likely for it's surf; it's home to the Margaret River Pro. The second is the growing reputation for the w…
28travelers 6reviews 18blogs
Katoomba #22 most popular location
Katoomba is approximately 100 kilometres west of Sydney City in the Blue Mountains region. Famously known for the picturesque Blue Mountains, it hosts spectacular views of mountains and va…
9travelers 5reviews 25blogs
Port Macquarie #23 most popular location
Set on the Mid North coast of New South Wales and only four and a half hours drive from Sydney, the coastal resort town of Port Macquarie is a popular destination for travellers and surfers a…
21travelers 4reviews 3blogs
Surfers Paradise #24 most popular location
Surfers Paradise is a stunning strip of coastline that is alive with locals and tourists by day and by night. It has long been the epicentre of the most developed beach resort in Australia, …
64travelers 25reviews 30blogs
Newcastle #25 most popular location
Newcastle is a coastal city with a laid back country attitude, the best of both worlds. It’s a great place if you like to surf because there are over 50 beaches in the Newcastle area and ar…
236travelers 13reviews 5blogs
Broome #26 most popular location
Broome, located in the far North of Western Australia is an extremely popular tourist destination. It's a small town of around 15,000 which doubles in the tourist season. It's prime industrie…
76travelers 3reviews 20blogs
Phillip Island #27 most popular location
Located 90minutes south-east of Melbourne on the Bass Coast, Phillip Island is known for its sporting history and wildlife. In 1928, the first car grand prix was held on the island. Today …
8travelers 14reviews 12blogs
Albany #28 most popular location
Albany is also the oldest continuous European settlement in Western Australia, and was founded in 1826, three years before the state capital of Perth. The King George Sound settlement was a h…
28travelers 6reviews 8blogs
Uluru - Kata Tjuta #29 most popular location
Ayers Rock(now formally known as Uluru) is the largest clean skin monolith in the world, and well known for its beauty and changing colours. Uluru is located 485 kilometres from Alice Spr…
95travelers 10reviews 58blogs
Fraser Island #30 most popular location
The largest sand island in the world, entirely set apart as a World Heritage Site since 1992, Fraser Island is a large island just off the coast of the tropical state of Queensland. This is o…
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Apollo Bay #31 most popular location
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Warrnambool #32 most popular location
With a population of around 30,000 Warrnambool is one of the larger towns along the Western section of the Great Ocean Road. During the summer months the population expands with Victorians t…
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Port Stephens #33 most popular location
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Ballarat #34 most popular location
Ballarat is located in Victoria, Australia about 2 hours west of Melbourne. A historical town most known for being a hot spot during the gold rush in the 1850s, you can visit Sovereign Hill …
40travelers 7reviews 2blogs
Blue Mountains #35 most popular location
The Blue Mountains is famously known for the Three Sisters rock formation which juts out of the land and into your eyes. The name Blue Mountains is not derived from the colour of the rocks on…
31travelers 18reviews 15blogs
Maroochydore #36 most popular location
The Sunshine Coast is a sophisticated and multicultural community, a safe and clean environment, and a genuinely friendly and welcoming place to visit, work and study. On the doorstep of Bris…
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Merimbula #37 most popular location
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Mooloolaba #38 most popular location
A popular coastal city, Mooloolaba is situated about 100km north of Brisbane on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Peppered with hotels for those seeking the sunny beaches and a laid back coastal a…
18travelers 4reviews 2blogs
Kangaroo Island #39 most popular location
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Pokolbin #40 most popular location
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Mildura #41 most popular location
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Rockhampton #42 most popular location
Rockhampton, or Rocky as the locals call it, is a city that was established in 1858. The current population is approximately 69.000. It is one of the largest cities between Brisbane and Cairn…
33travelers 6reviews 7blogs
Mission Beach #43 most popular location
Mission Beach is a small town situated in between Cairns and Townsville, of the A1 near El Arish. The town is actually made up of four villages: Bingil Bay, Mission Beach Wongaling Beach and …
2travelers 4reviews 10blogs
Bendigo #44 most popular location
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Fremantle #45 most popular location
Fremantle used to be your typical port town but has undergone a bit of a facelift in recent years. There are a number of historical sites (Roundhouse, Prison, Markets, etc) and a few muse…
47travelers 14reviews 13blogs
Busselton #46 most popular location
230km from Perth, the seaside town of Busselton can be attacked whole-heartedly for a day-trip.. but why bother? Stay overnight on your way further south and see what's on offer. There are…
21travelers 7reviews 4blogs
Great Ocean Road #47 most popular location
When it was initially constructed back in the early 20th century, the Great Ocean Road was built as a way to provide work for soldiers returning from the first world war, and when it was comp…
23travelers 8reviews 20blogs
Wollongong #48 most popular location
Wollongong, located in the Illawarra area of NSW, is 82km south of Sydney and is the 3rd laregest city in New South Wales. The name is believed to mean 'seas of the South' in an Aboriginal…
113travelers 4reviews 12blogs
Toowoomba #49 most popular location
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Lakes Entrance #50 most popular location
Lakes Entrance is located on the Gippsland Lakes in East Gippsland, 320km east of Melbourne. It is a water front town with a strong fishing industry and attraction emphasis on water activi…
3travelers 4reviews 4blogs